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What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?

In Lma'an Yishme'u #267 (page 2) Rabbi Chaim Hillel Raskin says that it is a Halachic obligation to quiet or turn off a cell phone before starting to Daven. If he did not, and his cell phone rings, ...
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Divorce by phone?

In his responsa (Tzitz Eliezer 10:47) R. Waldenburg quotes some authorities who maintained that in a state of emergency one can direct by telephone to write a get for his wife without even appearing ...
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Sh'kiya alarm app (iOS)

Ultimate Zmanim for iOS has that feature. With Zmanim Alarms, Ultimate Zmanim can remind you of important zmanim throughout the day. Shema, Tefila, and weekly candle lighting are all covered. (To ...
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Are there any contemporary "Gedolim" that prohibit the use of davening from a smart phone?

Before discussing praying on a smart phone, there is the question of even having it enter the synagogue. Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, R. Yitzhak Yosef (the son of R. Ovadia Yosef), considers some ...
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my cellphone is off on Shabbat but the voicemail still takes a message

No sources so please CYLOR but: The voicemail goes to a central server at your provider. When you dial in to retrieve your messages you are not accessing a message store on your phone rather you are ...
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Having fun with telemarketers

There is a prohibition of "Ona'at Devarim" - "Verbal Oppresion". This prohibition emanates from two closely placed verses - Vayikra 25:14 and 25:17 that state "Do not aggrieve one another." This ...
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Can a smartphone count as a sefer for stacking purposes?

I don't have sources, but I offer the following reasoning: There is no issue of erasing with digital representations of the divine name. Text on a screen is neither permanent nor writing. Nobody (as ...
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Where can I find an Android siddur with adjustable font size?

Smart siddur lite is a free Android siddur app which allows you to adjust font size with finger gestures. It also allows you to choose your nusach as well as some settings for which prayers to show. ...
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seeking iOS sidur

I have used RustyBrick's iOS siddur for years. Here is how it fares against your criteria: it has all nusachim (ashkenazim, sefard, edot hamizrach, chabad) and you can choose which one you want at ...
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Where can I find an Android siddur with adjustable font size?

My father and i both use AndDaaven. It is nusach Ashkenaz with adjustable font. It has all 3 tfilot, plus bentching. It does not have instructions though. On my iPad, i use the app "On Your Way -- ...
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Looking for daf yomi app recommendations

OU have recently produced a new website/app called Alldaf.org. Features (you can customize your feed according to your interests from the following features): Daf Hayomi Shiurim from a selection of ...
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Is it considered 'bikur cholim' to call someone who's sick?

Nishmat Avraham vol. 2 p. 262 answers your question
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Is one allowed to audio/ video record someone without their knowledge or consent?

Regarding your first question, it is mostly prohibited with some possible exceptions (CYLOR before doing this in practice). I have bolded the specific issues identified by these poskim. Nearly all ...
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Looking for daf yomi app recommendations

An app which can be used on Android is one named 'Real Clear Daf' and as described the Daf is explained real clear.
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Jewish Android Apps

If I may toot my own horn, I have an app, "Real Clear Daf," which is packed with features to facilitate your Gemara learning (e.g. dictionary, blog, note-taking, audio shiur, etc.). It's available ...
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Having fun with telemarketers

See Shulchan Aruch CM 227:26 which says that there is no prohibition of Onaas Mamon (money) when done to a goy. This is because of the passuk לא תונו איש את אחיו - A goy is not Achiv. Concerning ...
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Do I need to turn off answering machine before Shabbos?

Rabbi Frand mentioned this case in one of his weekly shiurim. He said that someone in the United States can call Eretz Yisrael on Erev Shabbos and leave a message on the machine (or send a FAX) as ...
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seeking iOS sidur

The siddur in the Apple app. 'OnYourWay - ובלכתך בדרך' fits these criteria.
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Divorce by phone?

The sources to allow such a get are the mishna on Gittin 66a (translation and interpolation by R Steinsaltz) With regard to one who was thrown into a pit and thought that he would die there, and ...
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Divorce by phone?

Looks like the Shulchan Aruch has the answer. Shulchan Arukh, Even HaEzer 141:19: And it is the same regarding someone who was thrown into a pit and said: 'anyone who is able to listen to my ...
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seeking iOS sidur

I personally use RustyBrick’s Siddur app, though I know that the Sefaria app also has a Siddur.
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Shul Donations Kiosk

There are 2 popular ones in Israeli shuls (in no particular order): Nedarim Plus Kehiloth
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Shul Donations Kiosk

I haven't seen those in any Israeli shul but it is still a good idea. Some options include iPushka - interestingly they install the kiosks at zero charges and instead make money as a percentage of ...
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Shul Donations Kiosk

ShulCloud offers such a system.
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Can I use my phone on chol hamoed?

it would have the same halachic significance as using computers which is permitted. R. Cohen writes: R’ Moshe Feinstein (Hilchos Chol Hamoed Zichron Shlomo p78) held that typing cannot be considered ...
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Is there an Android Tikkun App that has sound?

There is the free app Pocket Torah, which allows for the downloading of sound files. The quality varies. Due to some portions being read by women, some might see it as a problem of Kol Isha.
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Where can I find an Android siddur with adjustable font size?

I use Tfilon. You can set font size (out of a list), text automatically adjusts to include special parts of prayer, customizations include different color and Halachic settings and more. Birkat ...
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What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?

Turning off/muting a phone should take about 10 seconds, and disturb no one else. A phone ringing 5-6 times before going to voicemail will really disturb anyone else in the area. Therefore, I would ...
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my cellphone is off on Shabbat but the voicemail still takes a message

There may be a problem with the instruction "Please leave a message". as you are requesting a melachah be performed on your behalf. One formulation I've heard suggested is the change the prompt to "If ...
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